Mailar Mallana temple Khanapur
About Mailar Mallana temple
Sri Shiva Mailar Mallanna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Khandoba , also known as Mailar Mallanna and a form of god Shiva, in Khanapur village and which is situated at 15 km on Bidar-Udgir Road from Bidar, Karnataka .
The legend tell of the demon Mallasur(Malla) and his younger brother Manikasur(Mani), who had gained the boon of invincibility from Brahma, creating chaos on the earth and harassing the sages. When the seven sages approached Shiva for protection after Indra and Vishnu confessed their incapability, Shiva assumed the form (Avatar) of Martanda Bhairava, as the Mahatmya calls Mallanna (Khandoba), riding the Nandi bull, leading an army of the gods. Martanda Bhairava is described as shining like the gold and sun, covered in turmeric, three-eyed, with a crescent moon on his forehead.The demon army was slaughtered by the gods and finally Khandoba killed Malla and Mani. While dying, Malla offers his white horse to Khandoba as an act of repentance and asks for a boon. The boon is that he should be present in every shrine Of Khanboba and thus this temple is called Sri Shiva Mailari Mallanna (Khandoba) Temple.
The temple is very famous in the North Karnataka and every year temple attract millions of devotees from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra pradesh. The main priest of this temple belongs to the Kurubas community.
Sunday is believed to be the main worship day and the same day near temple, Goat, Sheep, Cow and other animal trading also takes place.
It is 2 kms away from khanapur railway station and 15kms away from bidar .
Distance from bidar:15kms
Commonly visited from bidar
Trip duration is:1 hour
Place Location:2kms from khanapur
Transportation :bus /auto
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